It’s Pumpkin Time! My Fall Cards are Here…

I love the fall…bright orange pumpkins, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup, just pumpkin galore!  I love how the light has changed with Indian summer days and brown, red and yellow leaves that crunch under my tires as I bike down the street.  Fall in Northern California is not like the those on the East Coast, with the spectacular fall colors as the trees turn.  But it is still special here. We have the beautiful coast side, where bright sandy beaches and pumpkin farms reside,along with an annual pumpkin festival in Half Moon Bay where you can see the largest pumpkin grown in the United States.  And it’s big!

Pumpkins also bring on the holiday season, yes, just around the corner is Thanksgiving!

To honor the seasonal change, I have designed and painted a new Scripture

Mums in Pumpkin Painting...For sale...Psalm 106:1

Art painting entitled “Mums in Pumpkin” with Psalm 106:1 entwined.  “Oh, Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.”  Yes, He is a merciful and kind God.  And Yes, we should give thanks to Him for all He has given us.

For me this season, I am giving thanks for the opportunity to design and publish a line of Christian themed greeting cards that feature my art.  It has been a dream since I was a little child to write greeting card messages one day and the Lord has allowed me to publish them myself.  I am happy I can now ad to my   publication credentials: “greeting cards.”

The Mums in Pumpkin card is perfect for sending to your friends and family for the fall and thanksgiving season.  It comes with a thanksgiving greeting or blank to write your own.  You can purchase it on my online store at Etsy.com, along with 12 other greeting cards for all occasions. Click here to check them out or go to ‘my art’ above.  (Etsy sells handmade items by artists, crafters and vintage collectors and offers secure transactions through PayPal).

Wondering about Christmas cards? This week I will be busy painting my Christmas holiday painting that will also be offered as a Christmas card.  So this year, plan on ordering beautiful Scripture art cards to celebrate the birth of our dear Savior, Jesus.  Stay tuned to an announcement here soon!

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My devotion is published!…a love letter to the Lord..

My love letter to the Lord

My sweet Lord, such love and goodness happened this week. Your miracle of allowing me to show my art at my church’s mission holiday fair after all. And yesterday finding out some of my writing is being published on the national level.  Oh, and not to mention the possible job.

I love how faithful you are, that in the dry seasons of our life, when we are so anxious for you to open a door, you open three at once!  I love how you have a way of raining down blessings, and how I know from experience you wait till the last possible moment, yet your timing is perfect.  I have seen you come through when I am down to my last few dollars in my savings account and I don’t know where money will come from for next month’s bills.

From Pinterest

My heart overflows as I watch your perfect sunset of my favorite colors, pink and purple tonight.  I saw a pin on Pinterest today that said God is a designer. How true.  You are the ultimate Artist and Creator.  Every sunrise and sunset you paint a canvas of color for us, and every evening you hang the moon and stars in a navy blue sky.  I have enjoyed so much walking at night and riding my bike under the bright moon.

I have noticed I see things more clearly with an artist’s eye now, with your eye, such as how the seasons change and the beauty of each.  Fall, one of my favorites, brings baking, homemade soups, quilting while sipping pumpkin lattes and crunchy gold, red and yellow leaves on the ground.

This evening, I realized how blessed I am to do the things you do, be an artist and writer.  It took 51 years to get to this place but I love painting and I love being a writer, and now an author.  WOW, author.  It was nine months ago I picked up my pen and stated writing my book, on a rainy day in January at Peets Coffee.  Nine months of joy, frustration, rewrites, editing, critiquing, writer conferences, blogging, subscribers, plug ins, Facebook cartoons, statistics, submission, rejection and now finally acceptance.   An editor felt my devotion “Our Sweet Fragrance” was good enough to publish.  In a book.  That many will see, read and grow closer to you because of it.  WOW.

As an author, you write our names in your book , our tears in your book and our days in your book.  My art contains your Word in Scripture, knowing that my word that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void. (Isaiah 51:11)  How is it I am growing to be more like you and your image everyday? (smile)

I am the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys - Song of Solomon 2:1

Thank you Jesus for being my sweet fragrance (2 Corinthians 2:15), and my Rose of Sharon (Songs 2:1). For giving me the words to write the beautiful devotion to you and the ability to paint a Scripture painting to go along with it, entitled Rose of Sharon.

For giving me a vision of you tossing dozens of red rose petals all over me as I rolled on my bed in glee, over finding out my devotion was accepted for publication in Penned from the Heart*.  Of confirming my dream and encouraging me in my journey with you. My heart is full of gratitude and love for you. Ani Ohevet atah Yeshua.
Your love, Miriam

Rose of Sharon is for sale on my website giftsofhisglory.com.  Click here or above on ‘my art’ to see all my Scripture paintings that make wonderful holiday gifts.

Yearly Christian devotional for 2013

*I am sorry I cannot publish my devotion here on this blog until after it has been printed and published in the devotional book.  Rules of the publishing game!  Devotional books can be ordered beginning in December for the 2013 version in which my devotion appears,  at www.gloriaclover.com.  Retail at $9.95)

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